Do Not Disturb While Driving Day
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October 19, 2023, is the second annual National Do Not Disturb While Driving Day (DNDWD). This day draws attention to a life-saving feature that is already integrated into every smartphone. Do Not Disturb While Driving settings block calls, texts and other notifications while you’re driving, and help keep you focused on the road ahead.
Our goal is to encourage individuals to turn on their phone’s DNDWD feature. We also encourage employers to implement policies that will ensure their employees are distraction-free while driving on business.
You have a choice! Show you care about the lives of your friends, family members and even strangers. Choose to stay safe by turning on your phone’s Do Not Disturb function and tell others to do the same. Join our movement and spread the word: enabling a simple setting on your phone could save your life.
Officially, distracted driving claimed 3,522 lives in 2021. An estimated 362,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2021.
The true toll of distracted driving is surely much larger.
A recent government study estimates that distraction was involved in 29% of all crashes in 2019, resulting in 10,546 fatalities, 1.3 million nonfatal injuries, and $98.2 billion in economic costs.
Do Not Disturb While Driving automatically silences and prevents incoming notifications from appearing on screen when a mobile phone connects to a vehicle or if it senses vehicle movement. These setting are available on Apple, Android and Pixel phones.
While DNDWD settings can help keep drivers focused, research has found that few drivers have the feature set to automatically engage while driving.
Share information about DNDWD technology within your organization and with partners
Issue a press release announcing your organization’s participation in National DNDWD Day (Click here to download a customizable press release)
Share DNDWD Day social media graphics (see below)
Use the hashtags #FocusOn and #DNDWD23 on social media
Write opinion editorials for your local newspapers supporting the importance of tackling distracted driving
Talk to family and friends about DNDWD settings
Ask local government to issue proclamations to recognize the day (Click here to download a customizable proclamation)
Do Not Disturb While Driving Day is October 19